If you ask us, a crafternoon is the best way to spend quality time with your family — especially when there are kiddos involved. We’re all about getting your hands dirty together and flexing those creative muscles, no matter how old you are. Because really, what better way to spend a winter afternoon than by throwing on a Disney flick and DIYing with your littles?
Speaking of Disney movies, it just so happens that one of our favorites is coming back into our lives in a big way! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be available for the first time on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere January 19, and on Blu-ray™ February 2. To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Disney to bring you two DIYs that are super kid-friendly and all about working together as a fam, just like Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and all the enchanted forest creatures: an indoor herb garden made with chalkboard-painted pots and a modern family tree that your mini-me can keep in their room. Let’s get to it!
Indoor Herb Garden
First up: Your very own enchanted forest, kitchen edition. Indoor herb gardens are a fantastic way for kids to learn about gardening year-round, and they can actually *see* how their food grows. Plus, chalkboard paint makes every surface a canvas for your curious and creative kiddo, and it’s super easy to DIY: Simply add unsanded grout to acrylic paint and mix. We’ll show you how!
Materials + Tools:
— terra cotta pots
— acrylic paint
— unsanded grout
— paint brushes
— measuring cup
1. Mix together ½ cup of acrylic paint with 1 Tablespoon of unsanded grout, until combined.
2. Paint the outside of the pot as you like. We went with colors and patterns reminiscent of Snow White’s dress.
3. Once the paint is dry, draw on the pot with chalk. You could label it with each herb’s name, or draw a pretty forest scene — the options are endless.
4. Plant your favorite herbs, then set near a window. That’s it!
Psst: Choose a measuring cup and tablespoon you don’t use with food. Safety first :)
Mix together a half cup of acrylic paint with one Tablespoon of unsanded grout until combined.
Paint the outside of the pot. We went with colors and patterns that remind us of our favorite fair princess.
Repeat with as many pots as you like. Ta-da!
Once the paint is dry (which should be super quick!), draw on the pot with chalk.
You can also label each pot with the herb’s name.
Plant seeds in the soil in each pot, or fast-forward and buy live herbs from your local grocery store. Place somewhere near sunlight, and watch your herbs flourish!
How easy was that?
Family Tree Wall Art
Here’s one of the best lessons we learned from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: It’s important to celebrate family, no matter what form it takes, just like Snow White formed her own family with the Seven Dwarfs and her forest friends. This family tree is a sweet way for the kiddos to celebrate the people (and pets!) that make up your family. We went traditional with our tree, but yours could include friends, neighbors and anyone else you consider near and dear. Also, hello, easy wall art!
Materials + Tools:
— large foam board
— large piece card stock or construction paper (blue)
— smaller pieces card stock (red + yellow)
— Mod Podge
— paint brush
1. Start by sketching out a version of your family tree on scratch paper.
2. Draw the silhouette of the tree on the backside of your large colored paper. Cut it out, then glue it onto the large foam board using Mod Podge and a paint brush.
3. Onto the leaves! Draw them onto different colored paper, cut out, then fold down the middle to make them 3D. Write one family member’s name on each leaf.
4. Paint glue onto one side of each leaf, then glue it onto the tree.
5. Make a ribbon out of paper to “wrap” around the trunk of the tree. You can write your favorite quote here.
6. If you like, write your family name on the foam board too. Voila!
Start by sketching out a version of your family tree on scratch paper.
Draw the silhouette of the tree on the backside of your large colored paper. Cut it out, then glue it onto the large foam board using Mod Podge and a paint brush.
On to the leaves! Draw them onto different colored paper, cut out and fold down the middle to make them 3D. Write one family member’s name on each leaf.
Paint Mod Podge onto one side of each leaf, then glue it onto the tree.
Make a paper ribbon to “wrap” around the trunk of the tree. You can write your favorite quote here.
If you like, write your family name on the foam board too.
And there you have it! Easy and educational wall art.
Making these yourself? Snap a photo and post it with the tag #iamcreative so we can take a peek!
This post is a collaboration with Disney.
Authored by: Maddie Bachelder
DIY + Photo Styling: Maddie Bachelder + Anita Yung
Photography: Chris Andre
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)